Trinh Xuan Thuan

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In this Vietnamese name, the family name is Trịnh, but is often simplified to Trinh in English-language text. According to Vietnamese custom, this person should properly be referred to by the given name Xuân Thuận.
Trinh Xuan Thuan
Born Trịnh Xuân Thuận
(1948-08-20) August 20, 1948 (age 68)[1]
Hanoi, Vietnam
Nationality American
Fields Astrophysicist
Institutions University of Virginia
Alma mater California Institute of Technology (B.S.)
Princeton University (Ph.D.)[1]
Doctoral advisor Lyman Spitzer[1]
Known for Research in galaxy formation
Author of popular books[1]
Notable awards Kalinga Prize (2009)
Prix mondial Cino Del Duca (2012)

Trịnh Xuân Thuận (born August 20, 1948) is a Vietnamese-American astrophysicist.

Thuận was born in Hanoi, Vietnam. He completed his B.S. at the California Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. at Princeton University. He has taught astronomy at the University of Virginia, where he is a professor, since 1976, and is a Research Associate at the Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris. He was a founding member of the International Society for Science and Religion.

Thuận was the recipient of UNESCO's Kalinga Prize in 2009 for his work in popularizing science. He received the Kalinga chair award at the 99th Indian Science Congress at Bhubaneswar. In 2012, he was awarded the Prix mondial Cino Del Duca from the Institut de France.[2] This prize recognizes authors whose work, literary or scientific, constitutes a message of modern humanism.[3] Thuận's areas of interest are extragalactic astronomy and galaxy formation. His research has focused on the evolution of galaxies and the chemical composition of the universe, and on compact blue dwarf galaxies.

Books for general readers[edit]

  • 1993. The Birth of the Universe.
  • 1994. The Secret Melody.
  • 2000. Chaos and Harmony.
  • 2001. The Quantum and the Lotus. (with Matthieu Ricard)


  • Trinh Xuan Thuan and Axel Reisinger, (2000). Chaos and Harmony: Perspectives on Scientific Revolutions of the 20th Century, Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-512917-2

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